Started by Solitary, August 21, 2015, 04:53:29 PM
Quote from: Baruch on August 23, 2015, 10:06:42 AMPart of the Michael Wood video love letter to India from a couple years ago. He is one of my favorite historians. This one gave the recipe of soma ... maybe that is still a state secret in India ;-)It is dogma for some Hindus, that the Vedic people have always been in India and never came from anyplace else. For some this is driven by politics. I know there is a Native American group that likes to claim that they never came from Siberia. In any case, the Vedic people have been in India so long ... I can't as a neutral get too excited about it. This kind of chauvinism extends even to Stone Age questions ... for awhile, scholarship showed that modern humans didn't interbreed with Neanderthals ... but are all recently connected to African peoples. Now we know that there was interbreeding at least outside of Africa, while both species existed ... though interbreeding kind of violates the definition of species. It may be that the idea of "species" is specious ;-) .. same as race. In any case, the Neanderthal are descended from even earlier hominids, who came out of Africa even earlier (Homo Erectus). The fact that residual Neanderthals were isolated to Europe ... this implies something less than chauvinistic about Europeans (those who were there before the Indo-Aryans arrived).